'Long Delayed Echo' - Please donate!

AvengingEagle
AvengingEagle Posts: 33
edited February 2012 in Practical Filmmaking


WELCOME
'Long Delayed Echo' is an upcoming short film shot on Super 16mm film. It's a ten-minute drama about broken friendship, isolation and regret. Framed against the spectacular majesty of the Dorset coast, 'Long Delayed Echo' is film that will please the eye, open the mind and warm the heart.
We need your help to make this film. Though we are currently in preproduction, we desperately need your help to make this film a reality. Any donation, no matter how small, is appreciated and those who pledge larger donations will be eligible for perks ranging from Thank-You messages, to DVDs of the film, to tickets to our premiere at BFI Southbank.
You can donate, and find out more information about the project, by going to our Indiegogo page!
[img]http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/6595/indiegogoheader.jpg[/img]
SYNOPSIS
In the aftermath of a shipwreck, Reg and Matt wash up on an isolated beach. Their friendship has been stressed to breaking point and they part ways. Cut off from civilisation, they find that the area's only two inhabitants, Commerty and Finisterre, are in a similar feud and have been for years. Will Reg and Matt settle their differences and find a way to escape the bay? Will they discover the dark secrets of these two mysterious locals? Or will they become as trapped as the radio waves that bounce around the cliffs and caves, the long delayed echoes?
And, for those of you who remember me and are wondering what I'm going on it, I'm the Director of Photography so I can't emphasise enough how much a shoot on S16mm means to me!

We appreciate all donations, however big or small. Please, show your generousity by donating via our Indiegogo page.
Thanks guys,
AE

Comments

  • UPDATE:
    My latest blog gives details on the project and how you can donate, as well as running through the various perks (yay, free stuff!) you can get for donating!

    And that link to Indiegogo again:
    http://www.indiegogo.com/Long-Delayed-Echo-Short-Film
    Stay tuned for more updates, as we as starting a blog series shortly!
    AE
  • PLANB
    PLANB Posts: 105
    Nice looking project buddy! Just curious, how do you get 16mm film onto the computer for editing? Is there some special machine that does the conversion?
    I'll be watching this project, especially after the awesome Roulette film you made :D
  • There is indeed a special machine that does it! The process is known as a 'Telecine', or 'TK'. Basically the processed film stock gets loaded in to a scanner. Now Telecine scanners, such as the Northlight, scan the frames in real time. The operator of the machine also has controls at his disposal to do colour correction there and then and uses notes/pictures you send him and the colour charts you're supposed to shoot at the beginning of every roll (or every scene) to correct any colour bias. They can also correct under and over exposure to an astonishing degree. The frames are scanned and colour correction applies in real time and, at the same time, written either to a tape (DigiBeta was the old SD standard, but some shows use HDCAM) or, increasingly, to a file. We're getting our footage back in the lowest compression format the film industry can offer; DNxHD 185. So that's HD footage, with the '185', I believe, standing for the bitrate, though once you get above a certain bitrate you can't really see the difference. To give you some idea, "Quantum of Solace", was FINALISED (i.e. the finished film rendered out for distribution) in DNxHD 36. But all the bitrates cost the same so we thought, "meh, why not?". They were trying to fit a two-and-a-half hour film on to Blu Ray, our one is going to be eleven minutes.
    There's also machines that scan each frame individually, ensuring the maximum possible quality is attained. Machines like the Spirit will scan 16mm at around 2K, 35mm at 4K. This is what is used on feature films, its especially good for visual effects. This is where "Quantum of Solace" trumps us because this is what they would have had done. It is A LOT more expensive; they charge by the frame! It is also the only way of scanning the entire negative; telecine machines tend to crop a few percent around the edges. It doesn't sound a lot, but it can play havok with head room!
    Anyway, hope that little outburst was off some interest!
    AE
  • We have a promotional video now!

    You can donate, and find out more information about the project, by going to our Indiegogo page!
    http://www.indiegogo.com/​Long-Delayed-Echo-Short-Film

    AE
  • Since the beginning of this year, I've been doing weekly blogs. This week's one is all about some tests I shot for 'Long Delayed Echo' on super 16mm film. We were tested exposure with hand held distress flares, as well as LED panel lighting and my housemate's new Steadicam!
    Click the image to go to the video!
    [img]http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/2414/test01s.png[/img]
    Please, keep those donations coming in and, even if you can't donate, pass these links and videos on to everyone you know! We need to raise more!
    http://www.indiegogo.com/Long-Delayed-Echo-Short-Film
    AE
  • SimonKJones
    SimonKJones Posts: 4,448 Enthusiast
    Looks and sounds very cool. I'm not quite sure how I missed this until now, but I'll definitely be checking out all your videos! Good luck with the fundraising.
    The premise sounds in some ways very similar to the recently released indie experimental game Dear Esther. I wonder if you could grab any sneaky attention through that route? While I'm sure the story is vastly different, the visuals you've put up on this page so far seem strikingly similar. Which isn't a bad thing at all.
  • TomMc
    TomMc Posts: 112 Just Starting Out
    Just wanted to add that that was one of the best descriptions of the Telecine process I have read - nice and clear, loads of info and good references.
    Nice one.
  • Thanks Tom! I have certainly learned a lot since coming to this uni. The learning journals we have to submit have prompted me to really hone concise and understandable definitions of many filmmaking processes and technologies.
    In other news, today we locked all of our locations, finalised our shot list and confirmed several of our principal cast. Only 9 days until we shoot! Keep those donations coming in!
    http://www.indiegogo.com/Long-Delayed-Echo-Short-Film
    AE
  • It's your last chance to do something amazing and donate any loose change you might have to my graduation film, 'Long Delayed Echo'.
    We've had quite a few donations so far but we're really looking to raise a bit more before our campaign ends at 23:59PM Thurs 8th March. To donate go here:
    http://www.indiegogo.com/Long-Delayed-Echo-Short-Film
    Here's the promotional video I shot for it too:

    We need your help to make this film. Though we are currently in preproduction, we desperately need your help to make this film a reality. Any donation, no matter how small, is appreciated and those who pledge larger donations will be eligible for perks ranging from Thank-You messages, to DVDs of the film, to tickets to our premiere at BFI Southbank.
    To find out more, and to donate, please go to:
    http://www.indiegogo.com/Long-Delayed-Echo-Short-Film
    Thanks!
    AE